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Forgotten scriptures : the selection and rejection of early religious writings

Author: Lee Martin McDonald
Publisher: Louisville, KY : Westminster John Knox Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The early Christian church had a variety of Scriptures and other source material that informed their faith and shaped their thinking. But after a few centuries the church decided to keep the twenty-seven books of our present New Testament and to treat them as canonical in faith and practice. But what of the other books?" "Many of them have survived and remain valuable for understanding the diversity of the early  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Martin McDonald
ISBN: 9780664233570 0664233570
OCLC Number: 301705370
Description: xiv, 313 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The problem of adequate language --
The lost scriptures of early Judaism --
The ancient manuscripts : what they tell us --
Ancient translations of the Jewish scriptures --
The text and stabilization of the Jewish scriptures --
The scriptures of Jesus and the early church --
Ancient Christian manuscripts and their contents --
Texts and translations of scripture.
Responsibility: Lee Martin McDonald.

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"The early Christian church had a variety of Scriptures and other source material that informed their faith and shaped their thinking. But after a few centuries the church decided to keep the twenty-seven books of our present New Testament and to treat them as canonical in faith and practice. But what of the other books?" "Many of them have survived and remain valuable for understanding the diversity of the early Christian church and the astounding claims of faith on which it was founded. Learning about these ancient documents need not threaten the church's current orthodoxy and authority; in fact, learning about these texts can help today's Christians form a deeper understanding of the early church."--Jacket.

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